Although I am no physical therapist, I believe most people do not have a neutral pelvis. Some pelvis are more tilted than others and I am most of my mom’s side of the family are anteriorly rotated. Your mid section is not protruding.
How much over maintenance did you increase calories? If you just ate indiscriminately then of course you might have wound up too fat.
Judging from your pictures, I highly doubt you’re some guy with some unique disposition to excess pudginess, and are likely similar to everyone else: you eat too much and you get fat.
On the other hand there are men who get nervous at the slightest increase in softness and have an unrealistic idea of what kind of gains can be made while trying to remain ripped all year round. Most of the best bodybuilders I’ve observed do not get fat in a gaining phase, but they get softer than most people would think
Normal people can’t count calories unduly. I don’t think there has been one bodybuilder besides Dorian Yates who has counted macros and calories day in and day out for years.
You’re not chubby in the face with that sort of body composition. You look good!
Don’t take this the wrong way, but although you seem intelligent and thoughtful, I suspect you’re one of those dudes who is highly concerned with appearance and believes that unless one has sunken cheeks and prominent cheekbones one is chubby.
You’re fairly lean. What is there to recomp if you not headed into a show in the next year?
Stu has it right when he says you don’t need much above maintenance to grow.
Yes, the articles on the net are all over the place, and believe me when I say that many authors have never been ideally stage ready (5-7% body fat) and never looked like a bodybuilder or physique competitor. My advice is to pick one set of guidelines that seem sensible, and adjust from there, or hire a coach who knows what he’s doing and learn his method.
There’s not much to lose if you’re interested in making gains considering you’re already lean, though certainly not shredded.
For whatever reason, you will stagnate here and there, and at other times, if you’re adding everything properly, make seemingly rapid gains. That’s simply how this stuff goes. Also you shouldn’t underestimate how much time it takes to build a head-turning body, nor should you or anyone underestimate how long it takes to get stage ready.
Do you know how long it will take to get the body you want considering you’re seventeen years old? If you do things properly, it will probably take til your early to mid 20’s til everything really starts to pop.
Cardio is good year round, whether leaning out or growing. How much, how intense, and what kind depends on your personal situation and aims.
I am a cheese freak and ate a cheese every single day of my prep for five and a half months!
It actually is one of the most nutritious foods out there!
Exactly! I don’t like seeming like a braggart, but you can see my personal thread in the bodybuilding section and see how ripped I got while having cheese worked in to fit my macros and calories on a daily basis. Don’t buy into the nonsense that dairy and fruit can’t be eaten liberally but within reason!
After boiling water, it takes a grand total of one to three minutes to blanche vegetables like asparagus, cauliflower, and broccoli and then immediately rinse them with very cold water. It takes about five minutes to chop a salad. Other then flipping them around on a barbecue, it takes sitting around for them to grill while you read a book or do something else. Same goes for steaming. If someone has the time to steam rice for 20 to 45 minutes or bake chicken for 30 minutes, they have less than ten minutes to prepare vegetables. And you can prepare them in bulk, as you likely prepare other foods.
There’s nothing wrong with some modest amount of processed meat. I’ve often eaten beef jerky and included it for some of my prep days and my ketogenic peak week method includes processed meat.
I and others, and some of the best pro bodybuilders ever eat or ate bread EVERYDAY, sometimes several times a day! Again when you ready articles you have to pay attention to who is writing some of these articles. Can they actually prove a certain food is “bad”? Do they have a degree in nutrition/dietetics? More importantly, have they ever had to present their findings regarding the badness of a food before academically qualified individuals? Have they ever gotten themselves stage ready? If a food is bad for body composition, then why have others used these foods in leaning and did better than such authors?!
I have yet to see any guru prove how a certain food is bad, specifically fruit, corn, wheat, and dairy being their favorite dietary villains, or show why some men have miraculously won Olympia contests and natural shows
while eating these foods?!